A new (but still long dead) t-rex like dinosaur species has been discovered in Utah, leading paleontologists to believe that large, bipedal carnivorous dinos were much more widely distributed than previously thought. Which is great news because no matter where my time machine lands I should still be able to find a girlfriend.
"This dinosaur was a colossal predator second only to the great Tyrannosaurus rex and perhaps Acrocanthosaurus in the North American fossil record," said Dr Lindsay Zanno from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and the Field Museum of Natural History, the lead author on the paper published in the journal Nature Communications.
The prehistoric giant is named Siats meekerorum. The genus name, Siats, refers to a cannibalistic monster from the mythology of the Ute Native American people. Its specific name acknowledges the Meeker family for their support for early career paleontologists at the Field Museum.
Siats meekerorum was over 9 meters long and weighed more than 4 tons. Despite its large size, the dinosaur is not a close relative of Tyrannosaurus rex and other tyrannosaurs.
Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "You would marry it." Could you imagine laying in bed playing with the little fuzz on its arms while you both drift off to sleep? "No." Well try. "It's not working." Try harder. "I don't want to sleep with a dinosaur." Are you just saying that because you know I want them all? "...Yes?" You're so sweet to me!
Thanks to Nickw22, allyson, Cromstantinople, Lisa, Ben, KevinVicious and Smokey McBlunties, who act like I don't have a Google alert that rings my phone whenever there's a new dinosaur discovered.